Previous Coverage

+ Sanofi US (Interview)

Adding Wearability to Diabetes Devices

+ CNN (Interview)

Physically Challenged and Fashionable

+ MadPow (Speaking Event)

2012 Healthcare Experience Design Conference

+ The Takeaway (Interview)

Innovative Design Turns Insulin Pump Into Fashion Accessory

+ The Mayo Clinic (Speaking Event, Award)

Transform 2011: Designing Solutions

+ NEW_S (Press)

Parsons Student and Faculty Work Recognized in Core77 Design Awards

+ Core77 (Award)

Core77 Design Award 2011: Hanky Pancreas, Notable For Soft Goods/Apparel

+ Ecouterre (Press)

Hanky Pancreas Turns Insulin Pumps into Fashion-Forward Accessories

+ CRAFT Magazine (Press)

Fashion-Forward Insulin Pump Accessories

+ Re:D Magazine (Press)

Wearable Technology: Design at The Seams

+ DiabetesMine (Award)

Challenge 2011: Community Mention Winner

+ Design 4 Health (Exhibition Event)

European Conference Design 4 Health 2011 Exhibitor

+ DHUB: Disseny Hub Barcelona (Exhibition Event)

Interaccion I/O/I: Hanky Pancreas

+ Fashioning Technology (Exhibition Event)

Functional Aesthetics

+ Jezebel (Press)

Insulin-Pump Accessories and Cyborg Embodiment

+ CocoPerez (Press)

A Great Way for Diabetics to Accessorize

+ Healthymagination (Interview)

Women’s Health: Living with Type 1 Diabetes

Transformative Fashion for Type 1 Diabetes

+ DiabetesMine (Interview)

Small But Mighty: Hanky Pancreas Aims to “Transform” Pumpers’ Style

+ MAKE Magazine (Press)

How-to: Insulin pump fashion

+ Instructables (Award)

Humana Health by Design Contest Winners

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2012 Healthcare Experience Design Conference, MadPow, Boston, March 26 – 28, 2012

Innovative Design Turns Insulin Pump Into Fashion Accessory, The Takeaway, New York, October 28, 2011

Transform 2011, The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, September 11 – 13, 2011

Interacción I/O/I, DHUB Museu, Barcelona, Spain, June 21 – August 11, 2011

Design4Health, Sheffield-Hallam University, Sheffield, United Kingdom, July 13-15, 2011

JDRF Spring Gala, St. Louis, May 7, 2011

Weekend for Women, DiabetesSisters, Raleigh, April 29 – May 1, 2011

JDRF Family Retreat, St. Louis, February 26, 2011

Customer Forum at Medtronic Diabetes, , Keynote Speaker,  Northridge, October 26 2010

Functional Aesthetics, EYEBEAM, New York, November 19, 2010

OneZero, The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons The New School For Design, New York, April 29 – May 2, 2010


Core77 Design Awards 2011, Professional Notable

DiabetesMine 2011, Community Honorable Mention

Humana Health By Design 2010

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Video Gallery

“Hanky Pancreas: Transformative Fashion for Diabetics” Thesis Presentation by Jessica Floeh. Video credit Joe Saavedra and Parsons The New School For Design. Date Recorded: May 1, 2010. Location: Kellen Auditorium, Parsons The New School for Design, New York City. Copyright 2009 – 2011 © Hanky Pancreas, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

DiabetesMine Design Challenge video submission by Jessica Floeh. Video credit Jessica Floeh with video assistance by Melissa Parish. Recorded and Submitted in April 2011. Location: JDRF St. Louis. Copyright 2009 – 2011 © Hanky Pancreas, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Core77 Design Award video submission by founder Jessica Floeh. Video credit Jessica Floeh with video assistance by Melissa Parish. Recorded April 2011 and submitted May 2011. Location: JDRF St. Louis. Copyright 2009 – 2011 © Hanky Pancreas, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Bib ‘n Tucker™ how-it-works video by Jessica Floeh. Video credit Jessica Floeh. Location: JDRF St. Louis. Copyright 2009 – 2011 © Hanky Pancreas, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Weave Sleeve™ how-it-works video by Jessica Floeh. Video credit Jessica Floeh. Copyright 2009 – 2011 © Hanky Pancreas, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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Image Gallery

All photography credits to Jessica Floeh, Copyright 2012 © Hanky Pancreas, LLC

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Founder Bio

Jessica began Hanky Pancreas at Parsons The New School For Design during her master’s thesis addressing a theme of design, technology and the human condition. Hanky Pancreas evolved from her study of the socio-psychological impact of chronic illness and the social potential of wearable health technologies. Since graduation, Jessica is honored to have been a speaker at The Mayo ClinicHealthcare Experience DesignConferenceMedtronic Minimed and on the Public Radio International show, The Takeaway. She has received accolades from The Mayo Clinic, Core77DiabetesMine and Humana, and exhibited designs at EYEBEAM in NYC, DHUB Museu in Spain and at Design4Health in the UK. Originally from St. Louis, MO she currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Jessica was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 4 years old and after many years of injections she started using an insulin pump. While her medical health improved, she struggled with the social inconvenience and wearability of the device. During her thesis research, she found her story was similar to many other women and began conceptualizing a way to improve the experience in terms of comfort and confidence.

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Company Impetus

For a person living with diabetes, the social and psychological impact of the illness can affect day-to-day management. Individuals who feel more social support living with the disease may be in better health than those who do not. Studies show that patients with diabetes are more likely than their non-diabetic peers to develop anxiety, depression, and disordered eating behavior.

While insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors serve as significantly better alternatives to multiple daily injections and finger sticks, some people are concerned with how it will affect their appearance to others. Primary research has shown that women, specifically within the range of 15 – 35, are less likely to use these treatment options due to reasons that are typically socio-psychological in nature. Some may find these devices socially inconvenient and difficult to integrate into clothing or on the body.

Hanky Pancreas, LLC strives to address these issues by providing fashionable yet functional design solutions that help to transform the devices into comfortable yet decorative additions to any outfit. The mission is to ignite new and more positive conversations, raise awareness, create support in everyday environments and improve overall health for those living with diabetes.

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Company Background

Launched in 2010 by Jessica Floeh, Hanky Pancreas, LLC manufactures, develops, and markets products for individuals wearing diabetes technologies such as insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors, or CGMs. The products, currently for women, provide a more comfortable, accessible, and fashionable alternative to current after-market products available.

Among the core products are the Hanky Scarf™, Hoop’n Bolus™, Clip Slip™, Hanky Hoop™, Bib ‘n Tucker™, and Weave Sleeve™ that cater to different levels of comfort and provide multiple options for wearing. These products interface directly with the medical devices and are made with well-known protective materials meant for electronics that also feel good against the body. Other materials commonly used are sheer fabrics that help to make the important screens and buttons on the devices visible and accessible. The core products are meant to provide the function for the fashion, acting as a base for interchangeable accessories. The accessories are made of materials such as artificial flowers, feathers, and various fabrics. Some of the core products are made to be used with common accessories such as scarves and long necklaces.

Jessica Floeh conceptualized Hanky Pancreas, LLC in 2009 during her master’s thesis in Design and Technology at Parsons The New School For Design in New York City. After receiving continued press and accolades it was established as an limited liability company on June 14, 2010. Items are sold through an ecommerce store at Hanky Pancreas, LLC is currently owned and operated by Jessica Floeh in Brooklyn, NY.

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